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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:00 am

Explorer names Grimes editor, hires reporter

The Explorer Newspaper would like to welcome Chris Flora as the new reporter. Flora, who officially started on Jan. 9, has been working with The Explorer as an intern since November.

Flora, with a journalism degree, will be the general-assignment reporter.

"With strong writing skills, and a great personality, Chris will be an excellent addition to the Marana and Oro Valley communities," said Managing Editor Thelma Grimes.

Grimes was officially named managing editor of The Explorer last week, after serving as the interim managing editor since November.

"Thelma has shown all the skills that we need to consistently put out a great community newspaper week in and week out," said Publisher Ryan Kedzierski. "Thelma has been able to take control of the redesign of the Explorer's website as well as deliver local content week in and week out to the Northwest Community."

The Explorer also welcomes Tina Moreno as a new advertising representative. Moreno started work on Jan. 3.

Help Beat Back Buffelgrass on Jan. 28

The Town is seeking volunteers to participate in the Fifth Annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day on Jan. 28. Marana's pull site is located at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Branch Library (7800 N. Schisler Drive).

The event lasts from 8 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers should bring work gloves, water, snacks, sunscreen and a dust mask if they have breathing problems or allergies. They should wear long pants, long sleeves, a hat and sturdy shoes. Digging tools, trash bags and extra water are supplied by the Town.

The rapid spread of buffelgrass and the conversion of flameproof desert to flammable grassland are among the region's most pressing environmental issues. Municipalities and other organizations have established pull sites located across the region.

Participants should register online by visiting and signing up for the Town of Marana-River Walk site.

The event is sponsored by the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center.

Music students can enter youth concerto competition

Student musicians are invited to apply for the Third-Annual Youth Concerto Competition co-sponsored by The Symphony Women's Association and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

The competition is open to high school students who play any orchestral instrument including piano. The application deadline is Jan. 27. The competition will be held Feb. 25 and 26 at the University of Arizona School of Music.

The students compete for prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. In addition, the judges may select one of the winners to receive the Performance Award and solo with the orchestra on April 14 and 15, 2012.

To enter, students age 13 to 18 should complete an application form and prepare one movement from a standard concerto repertoire for solo instrument and orchestra. Music should be memorized. Students under age 13 may apply if recommended by their music teacher. To request an application form, send an email to or call TSWA at 882-6653. Mail completed applications to: SASO/TSWA Youth Competition, P.O. Box 42654, Tucson, AZ 85733.

For more information about TSWA visit or call 882-6632.

Tucson Mall's January Jingle

Enter spent gift cards in a drawing for a $1,000 shopping spree through Jan. 31.

If you are one of the millions of people who received a gift card over the holidays, it could pay off in more ways than one.

Tucson Mall's January Jingle promotion offers a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree when you enter your spent gift card from the mall or any mall retailer by Jan. 31.

It is easy to enter. Find your way to the mall center court and look for the January Jingle entry box. Simply fill out the registration sticker and affix it to the spent gift card.

The total number of entries is limited to 35 per person.

A random drawing will be held around Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

Governor announces Pima County Superior Court Appointment

Gov. Jan Brewer appointed Court Commissioner Kenneth C. (K.C.) Stanford to the Pima County Superior Court last week.

"With more than three decades of legal experience in the State, K.C. is well-equipped to serve the Pima County Superior Court and the citizens of Arizona," said sBrewer.

Stanford has served as a Pima County Court Commissioner since 1997. In this capacity, he is charged with managing probate matters, arraignments, probation revocations, criminal plea changes, civil and domestic matters and garnishment hearings. During his employment with the Pima County Superior Court, he helped develop web forms for public use regarding probate and family law matters and has been a faculty member/mentor for the statewide New Judge Orientation program.

The Governor's appointment of K.C. Stanford was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Pima County Superior Court Judge Edgar Acuña.

Free tree planting workshop

Tucson residents wanting to learn about caring for their trees, or in planting new ones, will have a chance to learn from the experts at a free workshop on Jan. 21.

Sponsored by the Arizona Community Tree Council, Tucson Electric Power, and Trees for Tucson (a program of Tucson Clean and Beautiful), the half-day workshop will be held at the Clements Recreation Center, at 8155 E. Poinciana Dr., Tucson.

The goal of the workshop is to assist homeowners in caring for their trees so that they are healthy and long-lived. Attendees will learn to appreciate the biology of trees, to choose the appropriate tree for a site, to pick a healthy tree at a nursery, to prune and irrigate established trees, and to plant and care for young trees.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. The first three hours will be held inside, with the last hour bringing participants outdoors to see pruning demonstrations and plant trees donated by Trees for Tucson.

Registration is limited. Interested people should register at the Arizona Community Tree Council's web site: or phone their office at 602-354-3023.

Why Wii Love Bowling

The Fountains at La Cholla will host a Wii bowling tournament on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at The Inn, the Assisted Living neighborhood of The Fountains, located at 5830 N. Fountains Avenue (east of La Cholla, south of Rudasill). Residents of The Fountains will enjoy friendly competition with residents of Sunrise Senior Living along with refreshments and prizes.

Wii bowling is one of many electronic exercise games enjoyed by folks of all ages. Not only is it easy to learn, fun and social, it is also especially beneficial for mobility challenged seniors as it provides motivation to get moving and can be done sitting or standing in front of a big screen television.

Christmas tree disposal through Jan. 15

The Town of Oro Valley, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club, is hosting a free Christmas tree disposal site at Naranja Park, between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Jan. 15 at 660 W. Naranja Drive near North La Cañada.

Free wood chips for mulch will be available for pick up. Please bring your own containers.

Donations to the Kiwanis Club are gladly accepted.

Historic Fort Lowell Day Celebration

On Saturday, Feb. 11, from noon to 4 p.m., the late 19th-Century Fort Lowell historic village of El Fuerte will come alive with period reenactments.

A Fort Lowell Officer's wife will open, for the first time, a room in the 1873 Commissary building. Chat with Pie Allen, saloon owner and later Mayor of Tucson, at his Post Trader's Store. View a replica of a Sibley Tent, patterned on an Indian teepee, used by the Army during the Indian Wars. A map of the sites plus a schedule of special events and activities will be available at Information Booths in Fort Lowell Park and San Pedro Chapel (5230 E. Fort Lowell Road). All events are free.

Pima County road closures

Starting Monday, Jan. 9, through Friday, Jan. 13, the Pima County Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation Authority and their contractor Ashton Company closed Mona Lisa Road at Magee Road to excavate the intersection and prepare the intersection for paving.

The intersection is expected to reopen on Friday at 8 a.m.

This closure is part of Phase I (Shannon Road to La Cañada Drive) of the Cortaro Farms Road/Magee Road: Thornydale Road to Oracle Road improvement project.

For more information, contact Annabelle Valenzuela, Community Relations at (520) 740-6410 or visit the project website at




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